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One of the summer's great events, the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, begins tonight at Watkins Glen International

The Finger Lakes Wine Festival, one of the region's and state's great events, kicks off tonight and runs through the weekend at Watkins Glen International.

Find out more on the event's website, www.flwinefest.com.

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The Leader, '90 wineries to pour samples at this weekend's Finger Lakes Wine Fest'

July 11, 2014
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O'Mara, colleagues call for using settlement funds to cut taxes, create jobs, help schools

Elmira, N.Y., July 7—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) today joined his Senate Republican colleagues to call for New York State to use its share of a recent settlement to accelerate state tax cuts, invest in Upstate job creation, and provide assistance to local schools and property taxpayers.

The U.S. Justice Department and state regulators recently announced a settlement with BNP Paribas, France’s largest bank, resulting in a record fine of nearly $9 billion for violations of U.S. sanctions and other misconduct.  

July 7, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of July 7, 2014 ~ 'Don't take it for granted'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "Don't take it for granted" 

July 7, 2014
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O'Mara: Sign up for emergency preparedness training on July 12th in Hornell

Hornell, N.Y., July 9—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the online registration process is underway for a state-sponsored “Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program” at Hornell High School on Saturday, July 12,  2014.

The program is free of charge but participants must complete the online registration prior to the event.  According to the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, registration is limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

July 2, 2014
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A LAP AROUND HISTORIC WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

Watkins Glen, N.Y., July 1--During his visit to Watkins Glen International last weekend as part of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, which included dropping the green flag to start the Continental Tire 150, Senator O'Mara took a ride around the track in a Dallara Daytona Prototype.

July 1, 2014
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DROPPING THE GREEN FLAG ON SUMMER!

Watkins Glen, N.Y., July 1--It was a jam-packed and historic few days of racing last weekend for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen on June 26-29 at Watkins Glen International -- the premier road racing facility in America.

July 1, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 30, 2014 ~ 'Beware of a tick near you'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "Beware of a tick near you"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the June 29th Corning Leader

 

June 30, 2014
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Schuyler County awarded state funding to assist soil and water quality practices on area farms

Watkins  Glen, N.Y., June 26—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that Schuyler County received the highest statewide funding level under the latest round of state grants to help New York State farmers implement enhanced soil and water conservation practices.

June 26, 2014
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Local public libraries awarded construction grants

Elmira, N.Y., June 25—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) recently announced that public libraries throughout their legislative districts have been awarded state library construction grants.he area legislators said that the grants are being awarded through New York’s Library Construction Grant Program.

June 25, 2014
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Anti-heroin legislation signed into law, O'Mara co-sponsors actions to 'try to save lives'

Albany, N.Y., June 23—Legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to enact a series of anti-heroin initiatives responding to the growing heroin crisis across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The bill signing took place at Binghamton University. The legislation was approved by both houses of the Legislature last week.  

June 23, 2014
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Senate gives final approval to O'Mara-Lifton legislation to combat spread of invasive species

Albany, N.Y., June 20 —The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, by requiring boaters to take reasonable precautions when launching their boats.

The legislation (S.7851-B/A.9619-B) was approved yesterday by the state Assembly, where it was sponsored by Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF- 125th District) of Ithaca.  

It will now be delivered to the governor to be signed into law.

June 20, 2014
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Senate approves bike safety legislation co-sponsored by O'Mara, who says new law locally would help honor memory of Matt Miller

Albany, N.Y., June 19—The State Senate approved legislation last night, co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), to incorporate a “bicycle and pedestrian safety” component into New York State’s pre-licensing driver’s education and examination requirements.

The measure was approved with strong bipartisan support in the Senate, 58 to 1.

June 19, 2014
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O'Mara says legislative agreement on anti-heroin legislation takes crucial first responses, but he criticizes lack of tougher sanctions against dealers

Albany, N.Y., June 18—A three-way agreement announced today between both houses of the Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo will enact a series of anti-heroin initiatives co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to respond to the growing heroin crisis across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

The new laws, which will be approved by the Senate and Assembly by the end of the week, and then signed into law by the governor, will enhance prevention and treatment services, heighten public awareness and education on heroin’s dangers, and increase some criminal penalties to try to deter the spread of the highly addictive drug.

June 18, 2014
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O'Mara signs on to legislation calling for 3-year delay of Common Core

Albany, N.Y., June 17—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today announced that he will co-sponsor legislation to halt the implementation of the state’s new, controversial Common Core educational standards for three years.

O’Mara, who earlier this year joined what’s become a rapidly building consensus within the Legislature to fully delay Common Core’s implementation, said that supporters of the proposed legislation (S.6604-A/A.8844-A) will be pushing for its enactment before the end of the Legislature’s regularly scheduled session this week.  

June 17, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of June 16, 2014 ~ 'The politics of heroin?'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "The politics of heroin?"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the June 15th Corning Leader] 

June 16, 2014
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Senate approves legislation targeting Medicaid fraud

Albany, N.Y., June 12 —The State Senate today approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to continue efforts to combat abuse, fraud and waste in New York’s $54-billion-plus system of Medicaid.

At a legislative budget hearing in Albany earlier this year, the state’s Medicaid Inspector General, James Cox, highlighted the importance of local efforts to further combat and prevent abuses of the New York’s system of Medicaid. 

June 13, 2014
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O'Mara welcomes governor's call to step up efforts to combat heroin, urges Assembly to follow Senate's lead on anti-heroin legislation

Albany, N.Y., June 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara  (R,C-Big Flats) today welcomed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for increased state and local efforts to combat the growing heroin crisis locally and statewide, and took the opportunity to urge state Assembly leaders to act quickly on a package of anti-heroin legislation O’Mara co-sponsors that the Senate approved on Monday. 

June 12, 2014
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Legislature gives go-ahead to O'Mara-sponsored legislation to encourage growth of industrial hemp; Cornell University, Farm Bureau, others support move to strengthen ag industry, create jobs

Albany, N.Y., June 11 —The New York State Legislature today gave final approval to legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell) to make New York the 16th state in the nation to set the framework for growing industrial hemp as a way to diversify and strengthen New York’s leading agricultural industry.

The legislation (S.7047/A.8297) now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law.

June 12, 2014
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State Senate approves additional anti-meth legislation sponsored by O'Mara

Albany, N.Y., June 10—On  the same day that the State Senate approved a comprehensive package of of anti-heroin legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), the Senate also approved two pieces of anti-meth legislation that O’Mara has been pushing over the past few years.

June 11, 2014
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O'Mara, Palmesano and colleagues host 'New York State Wine & Cheese Tasting Reception' in Albany on Tuesday

Albany, N.Y., June 10—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning), together with other Finger Lakes-area state legislators, today hosted a “New York State Wine & Cheese Tasting Reception” in Albany – featuring winemakers and cheese producers from the Finger Lakes.

June 9, 2014
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